MP Invites Jewish LGBT Charity to Parliament

MP, Mike Freer, hosted Keshet in the House of Commons last Wednesday, at an event celebrating the all the progress the organisation has made over the past year.

It was the fourth time Keshet had held an event of this kind in Parliament, which has now become an annual event in the winter calendar.

Keshet is a national organisation that works for full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life. It campaigns for Jews of all sexual orientation and gender identities to be able to practice their faith side by side with other non-LGBTQ Jews.

The word Keshet is Hebrew for Rainbow and a direct reference to the colours used in the pride flag, which are so strongly associated with the LGBTQ community around the world.

As part of its mission, the charity offers training and workshops for Jewish institutions to help them find ways they can become more inclusive.

Commenting on the event, Mr Freer said:

“I am pleased Keshet were keen—and able—to return to Parliament again this year. For every year they have come back to Parliament over the past four years, I have seen the charity grow and reach out even further across the Jewish community.”

Talking about the Keshet staff he said:

“I am grateful to Benjamin Ellis and Dave Shaw who both continue to lead the UK wing of the organisation with compassion and determination, in an effort to bring greater inclusivity and unity to the Jewish community and society more generally.”